Then, went to see the Banaras Hindu University. Banaras Hindu University is a Central University located in Varanasi. It is regarded as the largest residential university in Asia. The fully residential campus has more than 128 independent teaching departments. Its 1350 acre (5.5 km²) campus was built on land donated by the Kashi Naresh. The total enrollment in the University stands at just over 15000, including students from all over India and abroad. Several of its colleges, including engineering (IIT-BHU), science, linguistics, law and medicine (IMS-BHU), are ranked amongst the best in India. The university will host one of the IIT (IIT-BHU) on its premises from academic session 2010. Gate of BHU:
Inside the university campus there is a famous Vishwanath temple. The Viswanath temple of the University is a massive temple complex consisting of seven temples. The Shiva temple is in the ground floor and the Lakshmi Narayan and the Durga temples are in the first floor. This elegant temple structure is located almost at the center of the University campus. The laying of the foundation stone of the temple took place in March, 1931 and it took almost three decades to complete its construction. Its sky penetrating spiraling top is 252 ft. high. The whole of Geeta and extracts from the sacred Hindu scriptures are inscribed with illustrations on the inner walls of the temple. Devotees, pilgrims and tourists from all over the world visit the temple throughout the year. Religious discourses are held periodically in the central hall of the temple. Viswanath temple is the spiritual center of the university. Photography inside the temple is prohibited.
Dwarpals outside the temple:
Statue of Madan Mohan Malviya outside the temple: